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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Land of Lost Socks, a Children’s Musical by Jane Tesh Music & Lyrics by Joni Klein-Higger



Jane Tesh’s new children’s musical, Land of Lost Socks, with music and lyrics by Joni Klein-Higger, is a total delight. My only complaint is it’s listed as 25 minutes run time – shorter than I want, and you’ll want more, too. The story idea is simple: Joel wants to be with big brother Bart, who wants to hang out with his friends -- without Joel tagging along. When Bart tells Joel to “Get lost,” whoosh, he does.
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Joel ends up in the Land of Lost Socks, and, well, lost everything. There are lost socks, keys, hats, umbrellas, shoes, overdue library books, Atlantis (the Lost Continent), and even worse -- lost people. We meet the famous lost pilot, Amelia Earhart, the Dares from The Lost Colony of Colonial times, and even the Mayans! 

In Song#3: “Flying, the Ensemble sings of Amelia:
THOUGH YOU MAY BE GONE
YOUR DREAMS STILL LIVE ON
FOR YOU WERE FLYING HIGHER
THAN ANYONE THOUGHT YOU COULD

Joni Klein-Higger was kind enough to share three of the songs with me and they are wonderful. They present more history snippets in one of the best ways for children to learn – through music. These are toe-tapping, hop and dance along with tunes that will please performers and audiences alike. Although I can’t share the music in this review, here are some lyrics to give you a sneak peek:

Song #4 : “No One’s Found Out”
THE DARE FAMILY SINGS:
FROM THE SHORES OF ENGLAND
WE DID TRAVEL ‘CROSS THE SEA
TO A BRAVE NEW WORLD
THE FIRST TRUE COLONISTS WERE WE
BUT A STRANGE THING HAPPENED
POOF! ONE DAY WE ALL WERE GONE
JUST A WORD CARVED ON A TREE
IS ALL THAT CARRIES ON
WAS IT WAR
WAS IT DROUGHT
OR NATIVE AMERICANS
NO ONE’S FOUND OUT

ANASAZIS SING:
AH, AH, AH
AH, AH, AH
WE’RE THE ANASAZIS
FROM AMERICA WE CAME
OUR VILLAGES WERE EPIC
OUR GREAT CULTURE WAS OUR FAME
BY THE SANDSTONE CANYONS
WE DID DWELL AND FLOURISH, TOO
BUT WE DISAPPEARED
WE LEAVE OUR MYSTERY TO YOU
WAS IT WAR
WAS IT DROUGHT
WHY WE DISAPPEARED
NO ONE’S FOUND OUT

These lost folks share their stories with Joel, but no one has any idea about getting “un-lost” and going home. Since it’s a children’s musical, there is a happy ending. Still, it does give you pause to imagine a place where our lost things from this world find each other in another world.

This musical is sure to be a hit wherever it is performed. There are many parts for children to play, the scenery is simple, but effective, it helps history to come alive, and the music will keep things jumping and moving along smartly. There are some life lessons here that will resonate with children and parents:

BART, JOEL, TUBE, ARGYLE, DARES, MAYANS ,
ANASAZIS SING:
WHAT A HAPPIER PLACE
THIS WORLD WOULD BE
OH, WOULDN’T IT BE FINE
ENSEMBLE SINGS:
WHEN WE RESPECT ONE ANOTHER,
ARE CAREFUL WHAT WE DO AND SAY
WE’LL MAKE A BETTER TOMORROW
WHY, WE COULD EVEN BRIGHTEN THE DARKEST
DAY
COME ON AND JOIN IN OUR JOURNEY
TO ALWAYS BE GOOD AND KIND
SUCH A HAPPIER PLACE
THIS WORLD WOULD BE
OH, WOULDN’T IT BE FINE

It is my pleasure to recommend this musical to schools, teachers, and home school parents.


 Jane Tesh  
Joni Klein-Higger

 
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12 comments:

  1. Terrific review of terrific work! Kudos to you both for highlighting this exciting new offering.

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    1. Thanks, Nancy, I appreciate your supportive comments. I wish much success to Jane and Joni!

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  2. Thank you, Nancy. And Penny, thanks so much for your wonderful review. I'm glad you liked our musical:)

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    1. Hi Joni, It's really a great musical and I wish you both much success with it. The music is great and kids will love learning history that way!

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  3. I read it and loved it too. Thanks, Penny

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    1. Thanks, Susan, your comments and support are much appreciated! It's the first musical I've reviewed and I thoroughly enjoyed it

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  4. This is quite different. Sounds very interesting and fun. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Hi Donna, Yes, it's different, but a good musical for kids! Thanks for your support.

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  5. I liked this script, too. I'd love to see it performed.

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    1. Hi Jan, thanks for your comments. Yes, I'd like to see it performed. That would be good!

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  6. This sounds just delightful. Thanks Penny, and many good wishes to Jane and Joni.

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    1. Hi Sue, Many thanks for your comments and support. This was so different, but really well done.

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